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5 Benefits of Thankfulness

Thankfulness - SunsetI know sometimes life gets away from us and its cares and concerns can overwhelm.  If you or I are not careful, our situations can become the center of the universe and consume our focus.  This is when it is important to take out the kindle, ipad or just a pen and paper and remember the good stuff and the express our thankfulness.  For me, my relationship with God, my beautiful wife, my four kids, the peace and love in my home, my dad, bother, sister and their families, my interaction with you, my church, the beauty that I see every day, music and on and on.

It is good to remember these 5 benefits of being thankful.

  1. Proper Perspective – Recently, I had the opportunity to volunteer at our local Rescue Mission. I got to sit down with a few of the men and hear their story and struggles. It made my struggles seem insignificant and made me thankful for the life, relationships and things that I did have. Thankfulness brings things back in the proper perspective.

  2. A Right Attitude – When we are thankful, it is a reminder that we are not the originator of things. We turn and thank a Provincial God and His provision in our lives. Our attitude about life and our outlook vastly improves.

  3. Strengthens Relationships – Being thankful and expressing thankfulness improves relationships. We would all like to be around a person that appreciates the little things we do for them.

  4. Protects from Extremely Negative Emotions – Express thanks even in extreme negative or huge losses has a very positive effect. Many time when someone losses a spouse or a very close friend, they talk about the gratitude they feel for their children or other friends. This expression in a small but continued ways softens the blow of the loss.

  5. Positive Way to Live – God’s word is clear, we should live a life of gratitude. In 1 Thessalonians 5:18, “in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” Express thanks is important in our spiritual lives, and is a positive way to live.

I am thankful for breathtaking sunsets (added to the list above).  What are some things that you  are thankful for over this holiday season?



One thought on “5 Benefits of Thankfulness

  1. Andrew, your post will help Christian Poets & Writers work through writer’s block and refocus priorities too, so I’ll highlight on the Christian Poets & Writers blog – God bless.

    Posted by Mary Sayler | June 25, 2014, 5:01 pm

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